Triathlete.com » Bethany Mavis http://triathlon.competitor.com Triathlon Training, Gear, Nutrition, Photos, Race Results & Calendars Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:59:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Loving Right Now: Lifefactory Food Storage Containers http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/nutrition/loving-right-now-lifefactory-food-storage-containers_118292 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/nutrition/loving-right-now-lifefactory-food-storage-containers_118292#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:11:27 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=118292

The tempered glass Lifefactory Food Storage containers easily transition from oven to fridge (or freezer) to microwave to dishwasher.

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The tempered glass Lifefactory Food Storage containers, available in three sizes ($15–$20, Lifefactory.com), easily transition from oven to fridge (or freezer) to microwave to dishwasher without any worry of plastic taste (or toxins) affecting your food. A colorful silicone sleeve enwraps each container, which makes them a little sturdier than similar products, and the BPA-free lid securely attaches using button tabs. The 1 cup size is perfect for stashing a handful of berries, the 2 cup holds a small salad or hummus and veggies, and you can bring your lunch to work in the 4 cup size. Lifefactory also makes glass bottles in a variety of sizes.

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Race Radar: New York’s Musselman Triathlon http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/race-coverage/race-radar-new-yorks-musselman-triathlon_117955 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/race-coverage/race-radar-new-yorks-musselman-triathlon_117955#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 21:41:52 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=117955

Now in its 12th year, the Musselman Triathlon, held every July in Geneva, N.Y., has become an entire triathlon weekend.

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Now in its 12th year, the Musselman Triathlon, held every July in Geneva, N.Y., has become an entire triathlon weekend with a kids race and super-sprint race on Friday, a sprint race on Saturday and the signature half-iron-distance Musselman Triathlon on Sunday. Between the three adult races, organizers are expecting about 1,700 participants.

The event is held in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, known for its crystal-clear waters and scenic backdrops. The bike course takes triathletes through Finger Lakes wine country, past Mennonite-farmed fields (participants are warned to watch out for obstacles left behind by horse-and-buggies returning from church on Sunday morning) and along the shores of Seneca Lake. The run traverses the streets of Geneva, and is known equally for a grueling hill on Barracks Road and the number of townspeople standing with hoses in front of homes, watering down athletes as they recover from the hill climb.

The race was named an “Editor’s Choice” race by Triathlete magazine in 2013; we also cited the Musselman in the “Most Family Friendly” category in 2009 and 2010. Despite the national recognition (and participants who come from across the U.S. and Canada), race organizers pride themselves on keeping the race feeling as “local” as possible, such as by using locally sourced produce as well as locally sourced award manufacturing.

Race director Rich Clark notes that the entire city of Geneva appears to have been bitten by the triathlon bug, as evidenced by welcome signs posted all across the city on Musselman weekend, contributing to the “festival atmosphere” race participants often cite as a favorite aspect of the race.

“In 2004, the race’s first year, 19 athletes local to Geneva took part in the Musselman,” Clark says. “By 2014, that number had risen to 102. We’ve watched people go from volunteering to training to becoming full-fledged triathletes.”

Just as satisfying, Clark says, is watching young people grow with the race.

“In 12 years of involvement with this event, I’ve had the privilege of watching triathletes start off as MusselKids, and graduate to the sprint tri and even the Musselman,” Clark says.

The race gives back to the community, as well: Since 2004 the Musselman Triathlon has donated more than $130,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva, and Team Mussel, a group of local Geneva students coached by teachers and volunteers in preparation for the MusselKids race.

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Details

What: Musselman Triathlon
Where: Geneva, N.Y.
When: July 10-12, 2015
Distance: Half-iron, sprint, super-sprint
Website: Musselmantri.com

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PROfile: Camilla Pedersen http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/features/profile-camilla-pedersen_115181 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/features/profile-camilla-pedersen_115181#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:25:04 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=115181

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The defending ITU Long Course world champ has her sights set on a top-five finish at Ironman Hawaii and, one day, the Kona crown.

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During the summer of 2013, it looked like Danish pro Camilla Pedersen was on her way to a top Kona finish, after she won both the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Barcelona and the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt. Then on a training ride a month out from Kona, she crashed her bike while dodging a group of kids. It left her with bleeding on her brain, among other injuries, and doctors were forced to put her into a medically induced coma to give her brain a chance to heal. When she woke up a month later, doctors told her she wouldn’t be able to walk again, but her fierce determination and new outlook on life pushed her defy the odds and get back to training. She started racing again in April 2014, and she earned multiple Ironman 70.3 victories as well as the title of ITU long distance world champion last year. This year, the defending ITU Long Course world champ has her sights set on a top-five finish at Ironman Hawaii and, one day, the Kona crown.

My training is based back home in Denmark, in the town where I was born, grew up.

I swim with the elite swimmers in my town, and I bike with some of the cyclists and other triathletes. But normally one or two—I don’t like going in a group because you have to do your own work, so sitting on wheels—it’s not what I like to do. All the time that I’m out on the bike, I want to do the work because otherwise I feel like I’m wasting my time.

Mentally, I’m still the same—I’m just as strong as before. But I still have some things to work on after the accident, and we’re still on the way up the stairs—step by step—so there’s still a lot of things to work with, but I’m getting closer and closer. … We have to figure out, so why does the body react like this now? It didn’t do that before.

I just really wanted to come back to the Camilla everybody knew and [had] always known. Also from my family, I had the biggest support I could ever imagine. My family was there for me 100 percent all the time, and also people from all around the world—they started a collection for me because they didn’t know if I was going to go get surgery. … And for me, I wouldn’t be able to thank enough for all the help I got from everybody. That’s also why I wanted to come back and show them, as a thank you.

I got a call one day in 2010 from Rasmus Henning, who had created a team of young triathletes. He asked if I wanted to come for a weekend and do some tests. I always trained a lot, but I also needed goals for my training—why do I have 15 spinning classes a week, and why do I go work out at the gym every day? … I said, ‘OK, I will start the new extreme sport with Ironman.’ I’d never run a marathon or never biked on a road bike.

I used to be a swimmer. I was on the national team for juniors, but I stopped swimming in 2002, and then I didn’t swim for eight years. I hated swimming after that—I got too much of it. So for me the hardest part about doing triathlon was that I had to start swimming again. … I used to play ice hockey on the boys’ team for six years. And otherwise I’ve always been active, always loved to do a lot of training and different kinds of sports.

My family thought I was crazy because they were like, ‘Seriously?’ But they always thought I was crazy. I like to use my body because you get to know yourself and your body a lot more when you go through your limits, and that’s what I like. You never really know where the limits there, and you get surprised every time—you actually go over the limit you thought you have.

If I’m not nervous the morning or the evening before a race, then I know I’m not ready. But it’s also important to see some races as a training day. Because if you are nervous in all the races you do, then you won’t be able to perform every time. For me, the important races, you have to be focused on that. And then, on the not-so-important races, see it as a training day. Because in training, you also train hard, it also hurts. So for me, I just like to go out and do races because I enjoy it and it’s a fun day.

RELATED: Pedersen Makes Major Comeback With World Title

I’m a nutritionist myself—I’m educated in that. … I know pretty much what I have to eat and what I must eat the day before and the days up to. But for me, what works is the evening before, if I eat meat, it’s only chicken, but not after around lunchtime before a race. Then I just eat pasta, and no vegetables or stuff like that because it takes time and energy for the body to digest. So it’s pretty simple food up to races, but it’s not always the same.

I love food, I really do. But you also figure out what works and what doesn’t work. So if you go over to your grandparents and eat a lot of sauce and meat and dinner with a lot of fats in it, you can definitely feel it the day after in training—your performance in training is a lot harder. You can’t train as well. So for me, it’s fun. I’m still learning what works the best for me in races. But I also try different things because I’m pretty new in the sport, so what works and what doesn’t work. So for me, that’s also what I like about triathlon—it’s not an easy sport. You not only go out and swim, bike and run. You have to have focus on the nutrition all the way. Did you get enough salts, electrolytes, energy? What works for you is not what works on another, so you have to figure out yourself.

Chrissie Wellington—she was always smiling, and she’s crazy. So she’s a big inspiration for me, like really. She always looked happy, and you could tell that she also did a sport that she loved—not to make money or to be a known person, but because she loves it and she loves the challenge—you could just see it on her face. And that’s kind of the same way I feel—I can’t help smiling even though it hurts.

When you first get into Kona, it’s a lot easier to get the points [to return the following year]. But when you come from the outside, it’s a lot harder when there’s only 30, 35 spots. For me, it’s harder, but yeah, if you’re in Kona and you finish top 14, you already got as many points as winning an Ironman, so you don’t have to do that many races to then come back to Kona. It’s always hard to get in, but what I like about it is they also changed a lot of the rules where now we can only do three Ironmans—you can only collect points from three full Ironmans and only collect points from three half-Ironmans. And I kind of like that because there were also a lot of girls that were there last year that I was like, ‘Seriously?’ Every time I’d done races with them, they were kind of easy to beat, but they’d done so many races that when they finally get to Kona, they’re totally crashed, tired, their body is dead. So for me, it’s tough—of course 50 women, but then you know there’s a lot there that yeah, they just have points enough to be there, but it has to be the best in the world. And I think 35, 30, that’s fine for me. Because then you know that it’s also the best that’s there. It shouldn’t be easy because everybody that goes to Kona should go to Kona to do well, not just to finish number 35 or 30. So they [shouldn’t] want to just go to Kona just to go to Kona—they don’t have the motivation enough.

You just have to enjoy every second of what you’re doing. This is something I’m always thinking about—you only live once. You could be here, and then one second later, you could be gone. So you really have to enjoy life and love what you’re doing; otherwise, don’t waste your time. … It’s a lot of hard hours, but it’s worth it in the end. The day I don’t have the motivation is the day I won’t do triathlon any more.

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TriathlEats: Grilled Ribeye With Cherry-Infused Jus http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/nutrition/triathleats-grilled-ribeye-with-cherry-infused-jus_117800 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/nutrition/triathleats-grilled-ribeye-with-cherry-infused-jus_117800#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:07:13 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=117800

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This protein-rich dish pairs a smoky-sweet sauce with a robust ribeye.

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This protein-rich dish pairs a smoky-sweet sauce with a robust ribeye.

Ingredients

¼ cup smoked bacon
(recommend slab bacon),
medium diced
½ cup sugar
½ cup fresh pitted cherries
½ cup dried cherries
3 each star anise
1 T whole fennel seed
½ cup (non-aged)
balsamic vinegar
2 cups pinot noir
(or other red wine)
6 cups chicken stock
4 12-ounce rib-eye steaks
(1 inch thick)
Salt and pepper

Directions

To make the jus (sauce), first reduce 6 cups of chicken stock by half, about 30 minutes over medium heat. Render the bacon in a small pan over medium heat, and reserve. In a separate wide-bottom pan, melt the sugar. Add the star anise and fennel seed, and toast lightly. Once toasted, add the pitted cherries, dried cherries, vinegar and red wine. Bring to a simmer and reduce by half. Strain through a fine tea strainer and add to reduced chicken stock. Reduce over medium heat to desired consistency—around 25 minutes, until the sauce has some body. To grill the ribeye, heat the barbecue to medium-high heat. Rub steaks with generous amounts of salt and pepper. Grill steaks to desired doneness, about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with roasted potatoes and spinach, as pictured (see below for recipes). Pour some of the cherry-infused sauce around the beef and serve. Serves 4

Chef Justin Cogley loves this meal at the end of a big training day. To cut down on prep, make the sauce ahead of time (it keeps for five days in the fridge). He likes to serve it with wilted spinach and roasted potatoes, as pictured (find his recipes at Triathlete.com/chefcogley). Another time-saving tip: Partially cook the potatoes the day before and refrigerate.

RELATED: Wilted Spinach And Roasted Potatoes Recipe

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Race Radar: TriRock Philadelphia http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/race-coverage/race-radar-trirock-philadelphia_117405 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/race-coverage/race-radar-trirock-philadelphia_117405#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:36:02 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=117405

Andy Potts at last year's TriRock Philadelphia race. Photo: Swim Bike Run Photography

The 11th running of TriRock Philadelphia is an awesome chance to race in an urban setting.

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Andy Potts at last year's TriRock Philadelphia race. Photo: Swim Bike Run Photography

Taking place in Fairmount Park, the largest urban park system in North America, on a completely closed course, the 11th running of TriRock Philadelphia (formerly the PHLY Tri) is an awesome chance to race in an urban setting. The sprint-distance (Saturday) race and Olympic-distance (Sunday) race will have an estimated 3,500 total athletes participating. The swim takes place in the wide, beautiful Schuylkill River, and the bike takes you on two loops (for the Olympic distance) past the historical house museums, called the Charms, which are considered among the most significant architectural examples of the American Revolutionary time period. “It’s hard to believe you’re racing in downtown Philadelphia!” says local race director Barb McKeever.

The run course is well supported with crowds of spectators and multiple aid stations. And the layout of the course—with one transition and the finish line nearby—it’s perfect for spectators to cheer on their athletes through multiple legs of the course without going far. And there’s a finish line concert and post-race celebration after both races.

In addition, the 2015 Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon Presented by Philadelphia Insurance Companies will be one of the few Olympic-distance races in the nation where age-groupers will be racing with pros, as most short-course triathlons have eliminated professional prize purses. This race will be offering a $25,000 professional prize purse with $6,000 going to each of the professional winners as part of the PHLY Cup.

RELATED PHOTOS: 2014 TriRock Philadelphia

Save $15 on TriRock Philly registration with the online code TRIATHLETE. Code is valid through registration closing on June 23, 2015.

Details

What: TriRock Philadelphia
Where: Philadelphia, Pa.
When: June 27–28, 2015
Distance: Sprint (800-meter swim, 15.7-mile bike, 3.1-mile run) on Saturday; Olympic (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run) on Sunday
Website: Trirockseries.com

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3 Pouches For Quick Nutrition http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/nutrition/3-pouches-for-quick-nutrition_117352 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/nutrition/3-pouches-for-quick-nutrition_117352#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:18:18 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=117352

Photo: John David Becker

Nutrition brands are utilizing resealable pouches to deliver natural, quick energy to athletes before or during workouts.

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Nutrition brands are utilizing resealable pouches to deliver natural, quick energy to athletes before or during workouts.

CLIF Organic Energy Food

A collaboration between CLIF and ultrarunner Scott Jurek produced this organic, gluten-free product, designed to provide quick energy and be digested easily. It comes in four flavors—the two fruit flavors (banana beet with ginger and banana mango with coconut) come in 3.17-ounce packages and are a way to quickly consume 100–110 calories and 17–23 grams of carbs plus sodium and potassium. The two savory flavors (pizza Margherita and sweet potato with sea salt), which come in 4.23-ounce pouches, are best for longer workouts (such as ultraruns or long rides) to fight flavor fatigue, when you’re sick of sweet and are craving something salty. Of the two savory flavors, the pizza was the taste-test winner, with its simple ingredient list that includes tomato purée, quinoa, oregano and basil. Each pizza pouch contains 160 calories, 17 grams of carbs, 5 grams of protein, 600 milligrams of sodium and 890 milligrams of potassium, plus vitamin A.
$2.29 (fruit flavors), $2.99 (savory flavors), Clifbar.com

RELATED – First Look: CLIF Bar Organic Energy Food

Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze

Available in three tasty flavors (apple quinoa cinnamon, blueberry acai flax and raspberry coconut), these non-GMO squeeze packs were lauded by testers for the slightly heartier texture, thanks to the gluten-free oatmeal and other whole grains. The tester favorite was the apple flavor, which tasted just like apple pie filling. Though these packs aren’t specifically designed for workouts (fewer electrolytes than the other two products in this roundup), they do make a great one-handed breakfast on race morning or on the way to an early-morning ride. In each 4.2-ounce BPA-free pouch of the apple flavor are 80 calories, 17 grams of carbs, 2 grams of protein, 75 milligrams of potassium and 360 milligrams of omega-3s.
$2.50, Munkpack.com

RELATED – Recipe: “OMG” Oatmeal

PowerBar Performance Energy Blends

Testers enjoyed the flavors of these fruit-based packs, which are on the more natural side of the PowerBar product spectrum. Available in four options (the collective favorite was apple mango strawberry), they’re designed to be eaten before or during workouts. The apple flavor, which tastes a lot like applesauce, is easy to swallow, thanks to its thinner consistency. With 21 grams of carbs, it would hit the spot on a long ride as a more natural alternative to energy gel, though at 3.17 ounces, it has a higher volume for its 80 calories. The apple mango flavor also contains 60 milligrams of potassium and a large dose of vitamin C.
$2.79, Powerbar.com

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Sneak Peek: Triathlete Magazine’s July 2015 Issue http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/photos/sneak-peek-triathlete-magazines-july-2015-issue_117298 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/photos/sneak-peek-triathlete-magazines-july-2015-issue_117298#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 17:53:53 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=117298

The July 2015 issue of Triathlete magazine, our annual swim issue, has the advice and gear to make the first leg of triathlon your best.

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Look for the issue on newsstands now, or purchase the digital version here.

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Race Radar: Iowa’s Quad Cities Triathlon http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/race-coverage/race-radar-iowas-quad-cities-triathlon_116991 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/race-coverage/race-radar-iowas-quad-cities-triathlon_116991#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 21:36:18 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116991

Iowa’s Quad Cities Triathlon has made a name for itself among locals as the perfect race for newbies.

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Now in its 16th year, West Lake Park, Iowa’s Quad Cities Triathlon has made a name for itself among locals as the perfect race for newbies. The course features a time-trial swim start with athletes starting three seconds apart for a 600-yard swim a calm, serene lake, followed by a 15-mile bike and 3.1-mile run on roads closed to traffic. “The Quad Cities Triathlon tends to have a large number of first-time participants every year because of the friendly venue and hospitable atmosphere created by volunteers,” says Eric Sarno, the race director.

The race is part of the Heart of American Triathlon Series, and it’s maxed out at 700 participants this year. Sarno says it has sold out for the past 14 years, with a waiting list some years of more than 100 people. In addition, the race is a non-profit event that raises money for stroke awareness and rehabilitation.

RELATED – Race Radar: Iowa’s Pigman Triathlon

Details

What: Quad Cities Triathlon
Where: West Lake Park, Davenport, Iowa
When: June 20, 2015
Distance: Sprint (600-yard swim, 15-mile bike, 3.1-mile run)
Website: Qctriathlon.com

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TriathlEats: Red Snapper With Haricots Verts http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/nutrition/triathleats-red-snapper-with-haricots-verts_116745 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/06/nutrition/triathleats-red-snapper-with-haricots-verts_116745#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:00:18 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116745

Photo: Felicia Perretti

This ideal pre-race dish is packed with heart-healthy omega-3s, nutritious greens and lots of flavor.

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Photo: Felicia Perretti


This ideal pre-race dish is packed with heart-healthy omega-3s, nutritious greens and lots of flavor.

Ingredients

For pomegranate sauce
1 cup smooth Dijon mustard
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup wine vinegar
1 cup pomegranate seeds

For snapper
5 7-ounce filets red snapper, scaled with skin
½ T butter
1 cup cauliflower florets
4 cups haricots verts (or other green beans)
¼ cup shallots, diced
¼ cup almonds, crushed or sliced
¼ cup Castelvetrano olives (an Italian green variety), sliced and pitted
Parsley or chervil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Olive oil

Directions

To make the pomegranate sauce, combine Dijon mustard and vinegar in a food processor. While running, slowly pour in the olive oil. Once fully incorporated and creamy, place in a separate bowl and fold in the pomegranate seeds. To prepare the snapper, first toss the cauliflower and almonds in 1 tablespoon olive oil and place in a covered baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Meanwhile, prepare a sauté pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place over high heat, then place the fish in, skin side down. Add butter as the filets cook. Once the skin is brown, flip the fish and lower the heat. Continue to cook until done. Remove the filets and set aside. Wipe out the sauté pan, and add 1 tablespoon olive oil along with shallots, cooking until they are tender. Add haricots verts until cooked. Add the reserved cauliflower and cook until warmed. To plate, place the pomegranate sauce on the plate, then add vegetables and layer with filets of snapper. Garnish with olives, fresh herbs and pepper.

Notes from the athlete
Restaurant owner and triathlete Steven Kristel likes to eat this dish the night before a sprint- or Olympic-distance race. “It’s light and nourishing, which is best for short races,” he says. “I function best with protein and vegetables, with a few carbs thrown in.” The recipe was written by chef Alex Pirani of Bo’s Kitchen and Bar Room, a restaurant Kristel co-owns, in Manhattan.

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Pros Seek Points At Ironman Latin American Championship In Brazil http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/pros-seek-points-at-ironman-latin-american-championship-in-brazil_116817 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/pros-seek-points-at-ironman-latin-american-championship-in-brazil_116817#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 21:00:52 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116817

American Tim O'Donnell will look to get an automatic entry to Kona. Photo: Wagner Araujo

The race, in Florianópolis on the island of Santa Catarina, also offers a $150,000 professional prize purse that pays 10 deep.

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American Tim O'Donnell will look to get an automatic entry to Kona. Photo: Wagner Araujo

A deep pro field will be racing in South America at the Ironman Latin American Championship Brazil this weekend in an attempt to earn valuable KPR points toward the Ironman World Championship and, for the winners, an automatic start in Kona. The race, in Florianópolis on the island of Santa Catarina, also offers a $150,000 professional prize purse that pays 10 deep. Designating the race as a championship has allowed it to draw a much stronger professional field than in recent years; however, scheduling the race just two weeks after Ironman Texas, another regional championship, likely kept the field from being as stacked as it could have been.

Last year’s winner and runner-up, Igor Amorelli and Santiago Ascenco Alves, both from Brazil, have the advantage of racing in front of their home crowd and on a familiar course. However, they’ll face tough competition to remain on the podium this year. American Tim O’Donnell, who won on this course in 2013 and set the course record, will be returning to reclaim the crown. Other top athletes looking for Kona spots are Australian Paul Matthews; Bermudian and top-10 Kona finisher Tyler Butterfield; Belgian Marino Vanhoenacker, who’s known for his strength on the bike and (briefly) held the iron-distance world record; and Kona amateur course record holder Kyle Buckingham of South Africa. Perhaps the most interesting story in the men’s race will be to see how Canadian Brent McMahon does in his second-ever attempt at the distance. He posted the fastest Ironman debut time (7:55:48) last fall at Ironman Arizona and is using this race to give himself more experience at this distance ahead of the Ironman World Championship.

RELATED – Brent McMahon: “The Focus Is On Kona”

In the women’s race, 2013 Ironman Brazil champion Amanda Stevens (USA) is returning to regain the crown, and you can expect her to be leading out of T1, thanks to her strong swim. Challenging her for the automatic Kona start are fellow American (and super swimmer) Haley Chura, who was fifth on this course in 2013; American Liz Lyles, who notched a top-10 Kona finish last year; short-course star and American Laurel Wassner; and 2014 Ironman Nice champion Tine Deckers of Belgium.

RELATED – PROfile: Amanda Stevens

See the complete pro start lists below:

Pro men
Igor Amorelli (BRA)
Santiago Ascenco Alves (BRA)
Timothy O’Donnell (USA)
Guilherme Valenza Manocchio (BRA)
Fabio Carvalho (BRA)
Paul Matthews (AUS)
Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL)
Tyler Butterfield (BER)
Kyle Buckingham (RSA)
Denis Chevrot (FRA)
Mario De Elias (ARG)
Daniel Fontana (ITA)
Thiago Vinhal (BRA)
Jason Britton (CAN)
Marcel Bischof (GER)
Simon Billeau (FRA)
Balazs Csoke (HUN)
Rene Vallant (AUT)
Jonathan Shearon (USA)
Ivan Risti (ITA)
Alejo Badino Mosquera (ARG)
Jorge Alberto Vazquez (MEX)
Per Bittner (GER)
Luan Pinho Ortiz Silva (BRA)
Edmilson Pereira (BRA)
Ciro Violin (BRA)
Frank Silvestrin Souza (BRA)
Anton Blokhin (UKR)
Carletto Christian (ARG)
Ruben Sergio Carrettoni (ARG)
Mike Aigroz (SUI)
Bruno Fregolente Lazaretti (BRA)
Andres Darricau (ARG)
Felipe Manente (BRA)
Gaston Duran (ARG)
Matt Trautman (RSA)
Karol Dzalaj (SVK)
Nick Baldwin (SYC)
Brent McMahon (CAN)
Michael John Davidson (RSA)
Damon Barnett (USA)

Pro women
Amanda Stevens (USA)
Haley Chura (USA)
Ariane Monticeli Silveira (BRA)
Mette Pettersen Moe (NOR)
Tine Deckers (BEL)
Lucie Zelenkova (CZE)
Astrid Ganzow (GER)
Laura Barrena (ARG)
Elizabeth Lyles (USA)
Laurel Wassner (USA)
Mariana Borges De Andrade (BRA)
Ashley Clifford (USA)
Asa Lundstrom (SWE)
Karen Thibodeau (CAN)
Ana Borba (BRA)
Mareen Hufe (GER)

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Recipe of the Week: Tequila Lime Chicken With Grilled Pineapple Salsa http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/nutrition/recipe-of-the-week-tequila-lime-chicken-with-grilled-pineapple-salsa_116825 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/nutrition/recipe-of-the-week-tequila-lime-chicken-with-grilled-pineapple-salsa_116825#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 16:16:29 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116825

Limes, cilantro, jalapenos, and tequila make a flavorful marinade for juicy, tender chicken on the grill.

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Limes, cilantro, jalapenos, and tequila make a flavorful marinade for juicy, tender chicken on the grill. Fruit salsa is turned up a notch by grilling the pineapple (also yummy with peaches), a perfect complement to summer cooking.

Ingredients
Chicken
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 6 limes)
¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice (1 orange)
½ cup gold tequila
1 TBSP lime zest
1 jalapeno, sliced (remove seeds for less spicy)
1 shallot, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
2 TBSP olive oil
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh cracked pepper

Salsa
4 sliced pineapple rounds (½ inch thick)
1 large avocado, diced
½ red bell pepper, finely diced
½ jalapeno, minced (remove seeds for less spice)
2 TBSP fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Juice and zest of one lime
¼ tsp, each, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper

Preparation
Chicken
1. In a large bowl, combine all of the marinade ingredients, aside from the chicken.
2. Add the chicken to the bowl, making sure it is submerged in the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one-hour, or up to overnight. Recommended to marinate for as long as possible for more flavor.
3. Heat the grill to medium-high. Remove the chicken from the bowl and grill 4-6 minutes per side, depending on thickness.
4. Remove from grill onto a platter and cover with foil. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Salsa
1. Heat grill to medium-high. Grill pineapple rounds 2 minutes per side until charred grill marks appear. Let cool on a plate.
2. In a bowl, gently combine the rest of the salsa ingredients.
3. Once the pineapple has cooled, remove the cores, and dice the rest of the pineapple. Add to the bowl and gently stir until evenly combined with the rest of the ingredients.

More recipes from Jessica Cerra.

Jessica Cerra is the owner of Fit Food by Jess, a private chef and catering company in Encinitas, Calif., and the co-founder of Harmony Bar. A former professional XTERRA triathlete, Cerra now races for Twenty16 Women’s Professional Cycling Team.

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Race Radar: Northern California’s Vineman Monte Rio http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/race-coverage/race-radar-northern-californias-vineman-monte-rio_116686 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/race-coverage/race-radar-northern-californias-vineman-monte-rio_116686#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 23:15:06 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116686

Photo: Jeff Kapic

When the organizers of the Vineman triathlons got the chance to stage a race in nearby Monte Rio, they jumped at the opportunity.

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When the organizers of the Vineman triathlons (Ironman 70.3 Vineman, Full Vineman and Barb’s Race) got the chance to stage an Olympic-distance race in nearby Monte Rio (in Sonoma County, Calif.), they jumped at the opportunity. Now in its third year, the race has quickly grown, and the organizers added a sprint-distance race for 2015.

The race is sold out at 1000 people (750 in the Olympic and 250 in the sprint), says Amy Latourette, who’s in charge of Vineman’s Athlete Services and Athlete Registration, and the event promises to be a well-run event with beautiful scenery. “Vineman has put on events for more than 25 years now, and people have come to know the high quality of production for our events,” Latourette says. “I think this is part of what keeps people coming back. And the scenery!”

Unlike the other three Vineman races, which take athletes through four wine growing regions and miles of vineyards, the Rodney Strong Vineman Monte Rio course takes athletes through towering redwood groves and (Olympic-distance athletes) out to the small coastal town of Jenner, where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. The swim is staged in the calm Russian River, just four miles downstream from where the other Vineman triathlons have been held for more than 20 years. The run follows the course that was once the home of the Moscow Road Race, a popular run during the 1970s—it’s flat, fast and shaded almost the entire way. “The town of Monte Rio, where the race is staged, is a throwback in time to another era,” she says. “It’s a good place to go to leave behind the fast pace of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, if even for just the weekend.”

RELATED PHOTOS: 2014 Ironman 70.3 Vineman

Details

What: Vineman Monte Rio
Where: Monte Rio, Calif.
When: May 31, 2015
Distance: Olympic (1500-meter swim, 40K bike, 10K run), sprint (750-meter swim, 20K bike, 5K run)
Website: Vineman.com

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Race Radar: Southern California’s OC Triathlon http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/race-coverage/race-radar-southern-californias-oc-triathlon_116482 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/race-coverage/race-radar-southern-californias-oc-triathlon_116482#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 23:39:52 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116482

A local favorite in Orange County, Calif., the OC Triathlon and Duathlon is known for being challenging and beautiful.

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A local favorite in Orange County, Calif., the OC Triathlon and Duathlon is known for being challenging and beautiful. Located in the town of Mission Viejo, it features a flat, clear lake swim (uncommon in Southern California) in Lake Mission Viejo, a canyon bike course and a challenging run course. “The bike course was part of the 1984 Olympic bike course and goes up and down Santiago Canyon,” says Kari Davis, who’s the race owner and director along with her husband, Scott Davis. “The run course is on bike paths, trails and is challenging but a lot of fun.”

Another highlight of the course: crossing the finish line of the 1984 Olympic bike race held there, which is commemorated by a permanent brick finish line in the street, says local triathlete Steve Gilman, who lives in Mission Viejo. “It is a very competitive course with a great lake swim, canyon bike ride and a very challenging run. … It is well organized, well run with lots of community support.”

Davis expects 850 athletes to race in both the triathlon and duathlon this year, to take place on June 7.

Details

What: Orange County Triathlon
Where: Mission Viejo, Calif.
When: June 7, 2015
Distance: Olympic, duathlon
Website: Octriseries.com

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Frozen Sambazon Açai Bowls are a convenient way to eat nutritious açai at home—without the blender mess.

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Frozen Sambazon Açai Bowls are a convenient way to eat nutritious açai at home—without the blender mess. Each bowl thaws in about 10 minutes at room temperature and comes with delicious Nature’s Path organic granola, which adds a satisfying crunch to the fresh cocoa-berry flavor. Available in two flavors (açai berry, or açai berry with strawberry and blueberry), each bowl is rich in antioxidants and carbohydrates plus 5–6 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein, making it a refreshing, filling snack or breakfast. We also recommend topping it off with any fresh fruit you have on hand!

RELATED – Recipe: Almond, Acai & Blueberry Smoothie

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2005 Ironman World Champ Faris Al-Sultan Retires http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/2005-ironman-world-champ-faris-al-sultan-retires_116435 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/2005-ironman-world-champ-faris-al-sultan-retires_116435#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 20:55:47 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116435

Faris Al-Sultan finished 10th at the 2013 Ironman World Championship. Photo: John David Becker

The fan favorite, known for wearing a Speedo-style kit in races, was in the Kona top 10 nine times in his career.

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Faris Al-Sultan finished 10th at the 2013 Ironman World Championship. Photo: John David Becker

After an 18-year triathlon career, including six Ironman titles and the 2005 Kona crown, German Faris Al-Sultan decided to retire after dropping out of Ironman Texas on Saturday, as he told Ironman Hall of Famer Bob Babbitt in an interview on Sunday. The veteran pro, known for wearing a Speedo-style kit in races, was in the Kona top 10 nine times in his career and has become a triathlon fan favorite.

The decision came unexpectedly in Texas—during the 112-mile bike in Texas, Al-Sultan started having pain in his glutes and hamstrings, and decided that he didn’t want to continue with the marathon, so he dropped out in T2. He’d been struggling with niggles and injuries the last few years with moderate race results, and said that he had been “struggling more with the injuries than actually training,” he told Babbitt. “The most important thing is your brain—if you’re mentally no longer there to really be there 100 percent, then it’s hard. Yesterday I realized that, ‘OK, I’ve had so many bad races, and I can’t stand having one more bad race.’”

Al-Sultan now has more taking him away from training, such as being the father of a 1-year-old and spending more time recovering from injuries. At this point in his career, “every little thing becomes an obstacle, and you’re only willing to jump over so many hurdles, and then you’re not anymore,” he said.

He plans to complete a few more short-distance races this summer, and will discuss with race organizers and sponsors how to complete his commitments to them. So far, he’s not sure what’s next for him. “The easiest thing is to go into coaching … but on the other hand, I’d like to look for a new challenge maybe in a completely different field, just to prove to myself that I can succeed somewhere else other than triathlon, but there is no particular plan at the moment,” he says.

But he’s proud of the success he’s had in triathlon since he started racing in 1997: “I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished.”

Listen to the complete Babbittville Radio interview here.

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Race Radar: Alaska Women’s Gold Nugget Triathlon http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/race-coverage/race-radar-alaska-womens-gold-nugget-triathlon_116159 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/race-coverage/race-radar-alaska-womens-gold-nugget-triathlon_116159#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 21:16:21 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116159

Photo: Alaska’s Focus Photography

Registration sells out quickly every year for this all-female triathlon.

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Photo: Alaska’s Focus Photography

The Alaska Women’s Gold Nugget Triathlon, the longest running all-female triathlon, now in its 33rd year, has 1,500 women competing in the sprint-distance race, and registration fills up in less than five minutes, says Sheila Swanson, the president of the Gold Nugget Triathlon Board of Directors, who puts on the race. The biggest draws are the beginner friendliness, the sense of camaraderie, and the high quality of the event (with special attention to details), which led to it being named one of the “13 Must-Do U.S. Destination Races” by USA Triathlon’s magazine.

Before you envision an icy swim, rest assured the swim takes place in a local 50-meter pool with a circle swimming configuration. The pool swim, however, makes it an all-day event—women start swimming at 9 a.m., and there are women in the pool until around 3 p.m., Swanson says. The last racer usually crosses the finish line around 6 p.m. Temperatures are expected to be in the 40s in the morning, close to 50 degrees in the afternoon. Two years ago, however, Anchorage had snow the day before the race. “Fortunately, it melted enough to hold the race, but we called it the Cold Nugget Triathlon that year,” she says.

The race was started with the mission to “empower women and girls of all ages (minimum 10 years old) and all athletic abilities to improve their lives through fitness.” Most years, about a third of the athletes are newbies (there will be 426 this year), and there’s a sense of supportiveness and camaraderie that keeps the women coming back. The race also encourages teams, including mother-daughter teams and grandmother-mother-daughter teams (called the “Tri-Generation” Team category). “Lots of racers cannot wait to get the next generation involved!” Swanson says. This year, there will be 32 teams, five tri-generation teams, and 324 participants on mother-daughter teams.

RELATED: 16 Bucket-List Triathlons (Outside Of Kona)

Details

What: Women’s Gold Nugget Triathlon
Where: Anchorage Alaska
When: May 17, 2015
Distance: Sprint (500-meter swim, 12-mile bike, 4.1-mile run)
Website: Goldnuggettriathlon.com

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Deep Pro Field To Race Ironman North American Championship Texas http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/deep-pro-field-to-race-ironman-north-american-championship-texas_116123 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/deep-pro-field-to-race-ironman-north-american-championship-texas_116123#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 21:19:21 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116123

Athletes compete at the 2014 Ironman Texas triathlon. Photo: Nick Morales

Kona slots are on the line this Saturday at The Woodlands, Texas.

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Athletes compete at the 2014 Ironman Texas triathlon. Photo: Nick Morales

This Saturday, top pros will battle for the title at the Ironman North American Championship in The Woodlands, Texas. For the first time, the male and female winners will each earn an automatic start at the 2015 Ironman World Championship. They’ll also be vying for their share of a $150,000 professional prize purse, which pays 10 deep.

The course features a swim in Lake Woodlands, a bike course through the rolling farmland of East Texas concluding with a marathon and finish on Waterway Ave. It usually sees moderate air temperatures but very humid conditions. According to Weather.com, The Woodlands has a 40 percent chance of precipitation on Saturday with a high of 88 degrees and a possibility of scattered thunderstorms.

In the men’s race, American Ben Hoffman, the 2014 Kona runner-up, highlights the start list. The multiple Ironman champion is known for his bike strength and likely won’t be deterred by tough weather conditions—he won the infamous 2012 Ironman St. George (the final year it was a full Ironman—choppy, windy conditions caused it to have a 27 percent attrition rate). He’ll face tough competition from fellow Americans Justin Daerr, the 2014 Ironman Boulder champion, and Jordan Rapp, the 2012 Ironman Texas winner and another strong cyclist. Canadian Lionel Sanders, the 2014 Ironman Florida champ, is quickly making a name for himself on the long-course scene and has a great shot at a podium spot. Some veteran pros, including German and 2005 Kona champ Faris Al-Sultan, multiple Kona podium finisher Andreas Raelert of Germany and seven-time Ironman Switzerland champ Ronnie Schildknecht will all be contending for the crown. Also watch for a speedy marathon from Spaniard Victor Del Corral.

The women’s race features an even deeper field, with American Kelly Williamson, who lives and trains in nearby Austin, Texas, returning to defend her title against 2013 Ironman Texas champ and 2014 Kona runner-up Rachel Joyce of Great Britain. They’ll be facing off against Canadian Heather Wurtele, fresh off an impressive win at the Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championship in St. George, and American Heather Jackson, a three-time Wildflower Long Course champ. Other top competitors include 2012 Ironman and Ironman 70.3 world champion Leanda Cave of Great Britain, fellow Brit Corinne Abraham, who won the 2014 Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt, and 70.3 star Angela Naeth of Canada.

RELATED PHOTOS: 2014 Ironman Texas

See the complete professional start list below.

Pro men:
Jordan Rapp (USA)
Faris Al-Sultan (GER)
Justin Daerr (USA)
Ben Hoffman (USA)
Chris McDonald (AUS)
Andreas Raelert (GER)
Matthew Russell (USA)
Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI)
Victor Del Corral Morales (ESP)
Lionel Sanders (CAN)
Pedro Gomes (POR)
Blake Becker (USA)
Raymond Botelho (USA)
Barrett Brandon (USA)
Patrice Brisindi (CAN)
Timothy Clarke (USA)
Matthew Curbeau (USA)
Trevor Delsaut (FRA)
Matt Hanson (USA)
Jarmo Hast (FIN)
Chad Holderbaum (USA)
Jeremy Jurkiewicz (FRA)
Peter Kotland (CZE)
David Plese (SVN)
Mario Radevic (GER)
Mike Schifferle (SUI)
Jonathan Shearon (USA)
Joe Skipper (GBR)
Todd Skipworth (AUS)
Jorge Vazquez (MEX)
Patrick Wheeler (USA)
Patrick Schuster (USA)

Pro women:
Kelly Williamson (USA)
Rachel Joyce (GBR)
Leanda Cave (GBR)
Corinne Abraham (GBR)
Heather Wurtele (CAN)
Bree Wee (USA)
Linsey Corbin (USA)
Heather Jackson (USA)
Camilla Lindholm (SWE)
Angela Naeth (CAN)
Sofie Goos (BEL)
Corrie Kristick (USA)
Rebecca Preston (AUS)
Sarah Piampiano (USA)
Kaitlin Anelauskas (USA)
Anne Basso (FRA)
Katy Blakemore (USA)
Katharina Grohmann (GER)
Tamara Kozulina (UKR)
Danielle Mack (USA)
Caroline Martineau (CAN)
Jocelyn McCauley (USA)
Jessica Meyers (USA)
Samantha Morrison (USA)
Olesya Prystayko (UKR)
Keiko Tanaka (JPN)
Natasha van der Merwe (USA)
Tami Ritchie (USA)

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These three products for coffee lovers provide a workout-friendly fix.

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These three products for coffee lovers provide a workout-friendly fix.

New Grounds Food Coffeebar

This organic, gluten-free bar started as a funded Kickstarter project by two coffee-loving college kids. Each mocha latte-flavored bar contains the caffeine equivalent of a full cup of coffee, in addition to other all-natural ingredients such as dates, oats, chocolate chips, almond butter, cashews and chia seeds. The taste will suit black coffee drinkers (the bar only has 10 grams of sugar), or anyone looking to fight sugary flavor fatigue on a long ride. It also has a slim profile that makes it perfect for jersey pockets. In each 2-ounce bar are 190 calories, 28 grams of carbs and 4 grams of protein.
$3, Newgroundsfood.com

RELATED: Should I Drink Coffee Before My Triathlon?

PocketFuel Cold Brew Coffee Energy Shots

If you can’t get past the long list of ingredients on some energy gel packets, try these all-natural energy shots for some mid-race or mid-workout energy. The vegan shots utilize cold-brewed organic coffee (cold brewing reduces the acidity of coffee) mixed with coconut milk in three different flavors: java, mocha (with cocoa) and vanilla. The texture is similar to pudding, and the flavor is perfect for coffee lovers or those tired of super-sweet products. Each 1.15-ounce packet contains 31–33 calories, 6–6.5 grams of carbs and 70 milligrams of caffeine.
$1.49, Pocketfuelnaturals.com

RELATED: 2 Bottled Cold Brew Coffees To Try

Picky Bars Smooth Caffeinator

There are so many delicious flavors going on in this bar—roasted coffee, chocolate chips and hazelnut—and they combine harmoniously in this crave-worthy bar that’s perfect pre-workout fuel. Co-created by the pro athlete trio of Jesse Thomas (Triathlete columnist), and elite runners Lauren Fleshman (also Jesse’s wife) and Stephanie Rothstein Bruce, this mildly crunchy bar is made with real-food ingredients and has a sweeter flavor than the other two products in this review. Each gluten-free, 1.6-ounce bar contains 200 calories, 28 grams of carbs, 7 grams of protein and 25 milligrams of caffeine for a gentle jolt when you need it.
$2.75, Pickybars.com

RELATED: Bars For Picky Eaters

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PLUS for Nuun is a flavorless tablet that contains a blend of carbohydrates (a 2-to-1 dextrose to sucrose ratio) plus electrolytes.

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The Triathlete staff got the chance to try out Nuun’s new sports drink, PLUS for Nuun, a flavorless tablet that contains a blend of carbohydrates (a 2-to-1 dextrose to sucrose ratio) plus electrolytes. Nuun created the new product to help athletes manage their hydration and fueling in longer or more intense workouts through its popular effervescent tablet form in eco-friendly tubes.

How it works

PLUS, which comes in a tube of 12 thick tablets, is designed to be used in conjunction with Nuun Active or Energy, the two sugar-less but flavorful (in more than a dozen flavor options) lines of Nuun electrolyte tablets. Combine two PLUS tablets with one Active tablet for a 16-ounce sports drink for high-intensity workouts or long workouts (60 minutes or more). The drink should decrease an athlete’s reliance on gels, bars, etc. for calories and carbohydrates, but it doesn’t provide enough carbs to fuel workouts alone.

Behind the creation

When coming up with a drink that could fuel workouts in addition to providing hydration, Vishal Patel, Nuun’s chief nutritionist, decided to follow Nuun’s tried-and-true form factor of effervescent tablets because, based on research, it’s effective at increasing the rate of fluid and nutrient absorption. When Nuun was originally created by Tim Moxey, a British Ironman athlete, effervescent tablets were popular in the UK and Europe. The idea is that the ingredients in the tablet, when combined with water, convert into a bioavailable form (as in, able to penetrate blood barriers and be absorbed by the body). During the dissolving process, carbon dioxide is released, which theoretically increases the permeability of nutrients by widening the cells.

PLUS is also in line with the well-supported idea of utilizing multiple types of carbohydrates (dextrose and sucrose) for optimal absorption. There’s also been a trend in the last few years of creating low-osmolality, lower-calorie sports drinks, something that’s been pioneered by companies such as Skratch Labs and Osmo Nutrition, and followed by GU and CLIF. The “New Age Hydration” drinks, a term coined by Patel, also have way fewer carbohydrates which can promote increased rates of fluid and electrolyte delivery and decrease gastroinstestinal issues, as they’re a hypotonic solution.

What we think

We’ve been fans of Nuun’s eco-friendly tubes and modular format, so that we can hydrate without the mess of powder or scoops, and PLUS is no different. Nutritionally, two servings of PLUS (four tablets) plus one Active tablet is comparable to Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix.

PLUS for Nuun (4 tablets plus 1 Active tablet in 16 ounces):
Calories: 88
Carbohydrate: 21 grams
Sodium: 510 milligrams
Potassium: 401 milligrams
Also: electrolytes magnesium and calcium

Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix Lemon + Limes (16 ounces prepared):
Calories: 80
Carbohydrate: 21 grams
Sodium: 360 milligrams
Potassium: 40 milligrams
Also: electrolytes magnesium and calcium

We wanted to know a little bit more about the choice of effervescent tablets in a sports drink, as it’s something that’s hard to find in the U.S. While it’s a popular in Europe still, not many contract manufacturers in the U.S. specialize in this form factor. “Creating a sports drink in an effervescent tablet is tough,” Patel says, “and it’s extremely expensive. There are certain ingredients in traditional effervescent tablets that some companies don’t feel comfortable with putting in their product, such as sorbitol, as a small percentage of the population is sensitive to this ingredient. At Nuun we understand this concern and have spent the last 15 months addressing it and researching new alternative ingredients.”

We like the idea of it being flavorless and mixable with any of our favorite Nuun flavors, and we don’t really taste any difference in flavor. It’s given us a boost without stomach upset on shorter, high-intensity workouts, but we have yet to try it on a long workout. One serving (two tablets) is on the low end of calories/carbohydrates as compared to similar drinks, but we do like the ability to so easily (and without a mess) adjust our calorie intake.

PLUS for Nuun is available for sale across running, cycling, triathlon and outdoor specialty retail for $6.99 per tube of six two-tablet servings.

RELATEd – 2015 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Nutrition

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Race Radar: Arizona’s Tempe International Triathlon http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/race-coverage/race-radar-arizonas-tempe-international-triathlon_115900 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/race-coverage/race-radar-arizonas-tempe-international-triathlon_115900#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 15:36:05 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=115900

The race features a beach start, which is unique for Tempe Town Lake.

The 14th running of the Tempe International Triathlon, in Tempe, Ariz., will have 800 athletes participating this month.

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The race features a beach start, which is unique for Tempe Town Lake.

The 14th running of the Tempe International Triathlon, in Tempe, Ariz., will have 800 athletes participating across the sprint and Olympic distances this month. The race is the first triathlon to be held in Tempe Town Lake, which is also the site of the swim for other well-known races such as Ironman Arizona and Life Time Tri Tempe. The race has served as a USAT Regional Championships, an ITU Pan American Cup and also hosts the Arizona Club Championships, “offering a unique opportunity for club members to race against teammates and competitors from other clubs,” says Jonathan Grinder, Tempe International’s race director.

Local athletes love the race for both the course and its well-thought-out details. The course starts from a beach, which is unique in Arizona, and features a shaded finish line and shaded transition area (under the 202 freeway). But what draws athletes year after year, Grinder says, “is our long history of being a triathlete’s race—we cater to both beginners and experienced triathletes.”

For beginners, they have the chance to attend a comprehensive triathlon how-to session the day before the race, have their own color swim caps so lifeguards can keep an eye on them, and a separate area of transition staffed by a coach to help with pre-race jitters and questions.

Meanwhile, experienced triathletes can complete a fast race with a swim in Tempe Town Lake, a mostly flat and closed bike course and a run with multiple aid stations. “No matter what, the Tempe International Triathlon tries to take care of its athletes,” Grinder says.

RELATED PHOTOS: 2014 Ironman Arizona

Details
What: Tempe International Triathlon
Where: Tempe, Ariz.
When: May 17, 2015
Distance: Sprint, Olympic, relay
Website: Tucsonracing.com

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